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College Foundation to receive $50,000 from Miller Foundation

The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation will be receiving $50,000 from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation for student scholarships to be awarded in the 2009-2010 school year.

In the summer of 2008, the Miller Foundation presented a challenge grant to all 17 Oregon Community Colleges to increase their scholarship fund raising efforts by $1.5 Million.  The Southwestern Foundation will receive $50,000 in student scholarships because it raised over $50,000 more in scholarship dollars from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 than the previous year.

With the challenge grant award and the additional scholarship dollars raised, the Southwestern Foundation will be able to offer about $120,000 in student scholarships in 2009-2010, about $75,000 more than the previous school year. The Foundation will almost double the number of students assisted to 100.

Especially during these tough economic times, we are grateful to the Miller Foundation"

Students that applied for the Southwestern Foundation's annual scholarships will be considered for the Miller Foundation scholarships. Southwestern Miller Scholars will be selected on the basis of academics and financial need and will be required to be degree or certificate seeking full or part time students.

"The Foundation is thrilled to be able to continue to increase our assistance for Southwestern students in their educational pursuit," said Marie Simonds, Foundation Executive Director.

"Especially during these tough economic times, we are grateful to the Miller Foundation and to our Foundation supporters for their commitment to providing educational opportunities to Southwestern students." 

Published May 6, 2009 (Updated May 26, 2009)

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